Warriors upended by Division I-AA Portland St. 45-20
HONOLULU — It was supposed to be Hawaii’s coming out party for
the 2000 season and a continuation of its dramatic climb toward a place among
the nation’s football elite.
The setting was perfect: a near-sellout home
crowd and a Division I-AA opponent.
Only trouble was Portland State wasn’t
intimidated, even after falling behind 10-0 early in the game and going
three-and-out on its first three offensive possessions.
When the final gun
sounded Saturday night, the Vikings had dominated the stunned Warriors,
The defense got PSU started with Tino Retamoza picking off a fumble
and returning it 67 yards for a score and Steve Morse following with a 19-yard
touchdown return off an interception.
Then, the offense, behind Jimmy
Blanchard and Charles Dunn, went to work. By game’s end, Blanchard had passed
for 235 yards and one TD and Dunn had carried 39 times for 154 yards. Terry
Charles also had a big night, catching five Blanchard passes for 168
Even Coach Tim Walsh wasn’t concerned.
“I think we were a bit
conservative in the beginning,” he said. “I think once we found out we could
play with them, we decided to pick it up.
“This (win) tells us we can be
very good. There’s no doubt about that.”
Still, Walsh said he wants to keep
things in perspective.
“It’s a big win, but it doesn’t do anything to help
us to get where we want to get, and that’s winning the Big Sky
For Hawaii Coach June Jones, it was a disappointing
“It’s tough to win a game when you spot them 15 points,” he said. “It
kind of changed the momentum of the game.”
running back Charles Dunn shakes a tackle early in the Vikings’ 45-20 upset of
Hawai’i Saturday night in Honolulu. The Division I-AA school capitalized on UH
turnovers to win.